Headscratchers / Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

  • Isidore briefly wonders how Buster Friendly can produce 46 hours altogether of programming each day, and Hannibal Sloat has realised how, but doesn't anybody else find it... odd?
    • but anyone who watches Discovery Channel or any other satellite channel will be familiar with the practice of expanding 3 or 4 hours actual content into 24 hours a day transmission by repeats, trailers, flashbacks etc.
      • The Truman Show plays with this at some length.
      • it isn't actually stated that the Buster Friendly Show consists of continuous live transmission. Considering the impossibility of watching TV 23 hours a day, and the stated context that most of the audience are mentally deficient, it isn't really difficult to envisage what Buster Friendly must be like to watch.
      • Except that Isidore states that neither show repeats and all content is new for both programs simultaneously. He may be incorrect in that assumption, but we're never given reason to doubt it. Additionally, Buster Friendly is broadcast to the colonies, where the population is not mentally deficient.
      • Considering that Buster Friendly and his crew are androids, it could possibly be that there are two, if not more, versions. One group films the 23 hour TV Programme while the other records the 23 hour Radio Show. You can decide whether they know about each other or not
  • The title. "Do androids dream of electric sheep?" No. They count electric sheep when they're not getting sleep.
    • It's about the interpretation of sheep in dreams, which mainly indicates the longing for conformity.
  • Why does Rachel bother to tell Rick about all the bounty hunters she slept with at all?
    • My interpretation is that she does it because she's a two year old child. She knows something usually works, and feels a childish urge to happily brag about it, being too young to understand that bragging about it will undo the manipulation. I think that's the subtext of the entire test bounty-hunters perform: it tests for empathy, because androids are too young to have developed much empathy. Of course, initially we are intended to think they don't possess empathy because they don't have souls, which makes the revelation that they can never be older than four a deliberate wham line. That's probably why it isn't revealed until late in the story, despite its importance. I.e. Deckard thinks he's executing the soulless, when he's actually murdering children. The dialogue of the various andys takes on a new meaning viewed through that lens.
    • It's implied she's trying to get him to empathise with her (and stated that it has worked before, with other runners). Which means she at least understands intellectually what empathy is, she just doesn't have it herself. So, while your idea was definitely PKD-worthy, it doesn't stand confrontation with the book. Also, while this troper has encountered kids who claimed ladybugs ought to be killed because they ''poo'', psychological research suggests kids can and do have empathy (they may not understand the other person's needs and wants differ from their own, but they do know the other person is a person).
  • So here's a pretty obvious one. If Phil Resch is human then whats the deal with the police station? Was it in operation for years with a real Garland that some how Deckard had never heard of? Or was Resch given fake memories somehow? The whole scene works well to put Deckard in danger in the moment but on retrospect it seems to make little sense.